Feb 7, 2015



Alex Flinn.

 Publisher HarperTeen.
Publication Date:May 4,2013
Genre:YA|Fairytale Retelling.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.


Ever since I was little girl, I loved fairy tales and I still do. I even attempted to write few when I was around 7, 8. Rapunzel had always been one of fairy tales that fascinated me. When I came across Alex Flinn’s book Towering a retelling of Rapunzel, I needed to check it out. Despite the few negative reviews that I saw on Goodreads, that didn’t stop me from picking up the book. Honestly, I couldn’t see why so many others didn’t seem to enjoy it because I did. There were few slow parts through the book but it picked up pretty fast. I got sucked into the characters and only after couple chapters, I was eager to see what would happen with Rachel and Wyatt next. Towering was type of story, fairy tale that I love, and it was an unusual twist to the fairytale, that’s what else I loved about it. If I had the choice or the time I would not put it down. I found myself being transformed to Flinn’s magical world.

Loved reading from Wyatt and Rachel point of view, it gives a reader a view on each character. The two of them had such different view of the world since Rachel has been trapped in tower most of her life, and mostly imagined the word how it was in books. She didn’t even know what phone was, not till Wyatt gave it to her and explained it to her. I was glad that Wyatt heard her and came to find her. I think I would lose it if I was trapped in one place, for that long. If I were in Rachel’s situation I would tried to escape a long time ago. You know what I think? If Wyatt didn’t come find her, she would never left her tower to begin with. It was only because he was in danger, was the reason that she even left. I also believe that meeting Rachel, helping him to deal with what happened with Tyler & Nikki. It helped him move on. Rachel and Wyatt were meant to meet each other.

Towering was 2nd book that I read by Alex Flinn. Once again I wasn’t disappointed by it. The descriptions and character’s emotions were so vivid, I could picture everything that was going on. It was beautifully written and of course it was filled with suspense. The reader’s couldn’t help but wonder, would Rachel finally escape? And if she did, where would she go? You can’t help but wonder, and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters as well. The ending was one that had me on edge of my seat. I was eager to see how it would all finally come to the end. I do think that Wyatt and Rachel fell in love a bit too fast, at least for me, but I did love the chemistry between the two of them. They made each other and considering what they went through, they deserved happiness.

If you love Fairy tale retellings, Towering is worth giving chance to. This is first book that goes towards Fairytale Retelling Challenge, got a late start due to work.


Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I remember I was disappointed by this book, because at that time, Goodreads said this was part of her fairytale series. And it isn't, so I had different expectations. I also wasn't a huge fan of the characters, but I did like what she did with the original tale. I'm happy you enjoyed it :)

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